MI Morning Update 10-13-2008

22 Days Until Election Day

October 13, 2008

OBAMA’S CHARACTER AND ASSOCIATIONS MATTER…Thomas Sowell has pointed out that there are serious doubts about Obama’s character and judgment raised by Obama’s lengthy associations, indeed alliances with Ayers, Dorhn, Rezko, Wright. Senator Obama’s explanations of these alliances miss the point, and are vague and unsatisfactory.

There are also serious doubts raised by Obama’s association with ACORN, which has repeatedly been involved in voter fraud, again pointed out by another individual of decency and integrity Ken Blackwell. There are serious doubts regarding character and judgment raised by recent reports that Obama conducted secret negotiations with Iraq undercutting American policy there.

All of these are important to point out, and should give any American concern about voting for Obama, who has appeared so recently on the scene in American politics, who has changed his position on political issues whenever needed to win votes, who has done very little in terms of positive accomplishments, and about whom so little is actually known.

A MUST SEE…OBAMA, CLINTON & ACORN FORCED THIS CRISIS… Watch as Andrew Cuomo, Clinton’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, admits the Clinton administration forced banks to make bad loans families would not have qualified for without the wrongheaded loan "affirmative action." And see how ACORN "community organizers" and the Democrats’ community organizer in chief, Barack Obama helped bring us this financial crisis.


KNOLLENBERG FIGHTS FOR DOMESTIC ATUTO INDUSTRY… The Detroit Free Press recently congratulated Congressman Knollenberg for his principled leadership, and Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli thanked Congressman Knollenberg for fighting to “put us on a path to recovery and help secure the future for people in Michigan and across the country.” That’s the kind of leadership Michigan needs in Washington.

WALBERG TAKES ON SCHAUER…Tim Walberg has a new ad up tying Liberal Mark Schauer to liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, and hammers the Battle Creek Democrat for voting to give drivers licenses to illegal aliens and for his support of the largest tax increase in state history.  Tim is taking it right to Schauer in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District, pointing out that on every issue that matters to working families, Mark Schauer is wrong for Michigan.

HUCKABEE FOR HOOGENDYK…former presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee will be in Michigan Wednesday, October 22 at noon from 1:30pm at Vladimir’s at 28125 Grand River Ave., in Farmington Hills.  This is a fundraiser for Jack’s U.S. Senate campaign; lunch is $100 per person or $500 for a photo op.  For more information and/or to RSVP please contact [email protected] or call Liz at 248-363-1677.

CLIFF TAYLOR FOR SUPREME COURT…Chief Justice Taylor’s campaign continues to gain support statewide.  For the latest information on his campaign and to get more information go to: www.CliffTaylor.com

GRASSROOTS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…as we reorganize Victory Centers and Call Centers around the state, volunteers continue to make calls, knock on doors and make contributions to fight for Republican candidates up and down the ticket. Please check this link for a Victory Center near you. We need you now, more than ever. http://www.migop.org/inner.asp?z=113

MICHIGAN YOUTH EFFORT GROWS…COLLEGE REPUBLICANS STATEWIDE JUMP IN …our Michigan Youth Counts effort, designed to stop "the brain drain" was in Oakland County this weekend helping 7 key state and local candidates. “Team Brain Drain” to date has made over 12,500 calls, knocked over 4,500 doors, and worked 565 man hours for our Republican candidates. Next week, “Team Brain Drain” will be in Macomb County.  For more information please contract Program Director Anthony Markwort at: [email protected].



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Energy costs a factor in Senate race

Tim Martin • Associated Press

A gallon of gas costs more than twice what it did six years ago, the last time incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Carl Levin was up for re-election.

The average statewide cost for regular unleaded gasoline was $3.27 per gallon as of Friday, according to AAA Michigan. The price topped $4 at times this summer, very different from the $1.55 per gallon Michigan motorists were paying in October 2002.

Energy prices are among the top concerns for Michigan voters headed to the polls Nov. 4. The price and availability of energy could be crucial components of the state’s future economic fortunes.

Taylor: State Supreme Court should interpret, not make law

David Eggert • Associated Press

Chief Justice Clifford Taylor is at an age when he could retire to a nice life reading about Abraham Lincoln and helping his wife garden at their rural lakeside home.

Instead, the 65-year-old is running for a final eight years on the Michigan Supreme Court because preserving the court’s conservative philosophy is important to him. Taylor has aligned with three other Republican-nominated justices to overturn precedents they say were wrongly created by liberal judges dismissive of lawmakers’ wishes.

"We are largely remaking the legal culture in this state to return it to a traditional, jurisprudential approach – which is that courts interpret the law, they don’t make it," he said. "If I can get another term … we can really fully expose a whole generation of Michigan lawyers to this approach to the law and perhaps internalize it to some degree."

Obama’s 95% Illusion

One of Barack Obama’s most potent campaign claims is that he’ll cut taxes for no less than 95% of "working families." He’s even promising to cut taxes enough that the government’s tax share of GDP will be no more than 18.2% — which is lower than it is today.

It’s a clever pitch, because it lets him pose as a middle-class tax cutter while disguising that he’s also proposing one of the largest tax increases ever on the other 5%. But how does he conjure this miracle, especially since more than a third of all Americans already pay no income taxes at all? There are several sleights of hand, but the most creative is to redefine the meaning of "tax cut."

For the Obama Democrats, a tax cut is no longer letting you keep more of what you earn. In their lexicon, a tax cut includes tens of billions of dollars in government handouts that are disguised by the phrase "tax credit." Mr. Obama is proposing to create or expand no fewer than seven such credits for individuals:

Last week, auto consulting firm J.D. Power and Associates cut its 2008 and 2009 forecasts again. It now predicts U.S. sales will sink to 13.6 million cars and trucks this year and to 13.2 million in 2009 — their lowest level since 1992.

McCain plans to stress tax cuts to help economy

By David Jackson, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — As the presidential campaign heads into its final three weeks, Republican John McCain plans to stress anew tax cuts as a way to fight the sluggish economy that has threatened global credit markets and hampered his candidacy.

Campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds declined to say whether the Republican nominee would make any new economic proposals during an event today in Virginia Beach. McCain ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Sunday that McCain is looking at ways to "jump-start" the economy with tax cuts to encourage investment.

"Now is the time to lower tax rates for investors," Graham said on CBS’ Face the Nation. He said cuts in the capital gains and dividend tax rates could be part of a "very comprehensive approach."

Strategists: McCain must hammer on economy

By: David Paul Kuhn

Top Republican strategists believe John McCain’s stalled presidential campaign can only be revived if the Arizona senator takes an immediate and decisive turn in direction, one marked by an almost unwavering focus on the economy and a sharp break from Bush administration economic policy.

While Barack Obama’s past associations with controversial figures such as former radical William Ayers should be a part of McCain’s closing argument, they say, the GOP nominee needs to primarily concentrate on the historic nature of the current economic crisis and explain why he is better suited to lead the country out of it.

“Either McCain wins the argument over the economy or he loses,” said Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House. “When the economy is this central to everybody’s life, when everybody is as worried as they are now, then when you are not talking about the economy you are not winning.”

The real Obama

by Thomas Sowell

Critics of Sen. Barack Obama make a strategic mistake when they talk about his "past associations." That just gives his many defenders in the media an opportunity to counterattack against "guilt by association."

We all have associations, whether at the office, in our neighborhood or in various recreational activities. Most of us neither know nor care what our associates believe or say about politics.

Associations are very different from alliances. Allies are not just people who happen to be where you are or to be doing the same things you do. You choose allies deliberately for a reason. The kind of allies you choose says something about you.

Give Snell a chance to serve in Lansing

Like many races, this year’s campaign for state House in the 65th District features two candidates who tout their ability to attract jobs.

Incumbent Rep. Mike Simpson paints himself as a point man for companies looking to come to town or expand, and claims to have helped create 700 jobs in 21 months in office. His opponent, Raymond Snell, is less boastful but actually has a four-year record of work in the trenches to create jobs as Blackman Township supervisor.
The duo can argue over who has promoted business growth more, and both have strengths. Th2e better choice Nov. 4 is the candidate with a clear record of success and a more consistent temperament. That person is Raymond Snell.

Snell has demonstrated his talents as Blackman’s supervisor for the last four years. With considerable collaboration, Snell helped right a township board that had bickered and foundered for years.

Obama camp relying heavily on ground effort

By Alec MacGillis
Washington Post Staff Writer

In 2004, Democrats watched as any chance of defeating President Bush slipped away in a wave of Republican turnout that exceeded even the goal-beating numbers that their own side had produced.

Four years later, Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign intends to avoid a repeat by building an organization modeled in part on what Karl Rove used to engineer Bush’s victory: a heavy reliance on local volunteers to pitch to their own neighbors, micro-targeting techniques to identify persuadable independents and Republicans using consumer data, and a focus on exurban and rural areas.

But in scale and ambition, the Obama organization goes beyond even what Rove built. The campaign has used its record-breaking fundraising to open more than 700 offices in more than a dozen battleground states, pay several thousand organizers and manage tens of thousands more volunteers.

Bing says he has background to lead


Timing is everything as Detroit businessman and former NBA All-Star Dave Bing will attest.

Whether sinking a shot before the buzzer to getting into the incredibly competitive steel industry as a novice to launching his bid to become mayor of Detroit, good timing has been pivotal to his success.

"It’s on," Bing said, as he took to the stage before 400 small-business people, corporate executives and political leaders in Livonia to hear his speech about being a businessman in Detroit, as well as his bid for mayor.

Bing, former Pistons star and owner of the Bing Group, addressed the Michigan Business and Professional Association’s annual legislative conference on Oct. 3 to explain his hoped-for third career, in politics.

Ex-Obama fundraiser, convicted of fraud, talking to feds

Mike Robinson • Associated Press

CHICAGO – Jailed political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko, the Chicago real estate developer who helped launch Barack Obama on his political career, is whispering secrets to federal prosecutors about corruption in Illinois and the political fallout could be explosive.

Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose administration faces multiple federal probes over how it handed out jobs and money with advice from Rezko, is considered the most vulnerable.

Rezko also was friendly with Obama – offering him a job when he finished law school (which he did not take), funding his earliest political campaigns and purchasing a lot next to his house. But based on the known facts, charges so far and testimony at Rezko’s trial, there’s no indication there’ll be a "October surprise" that could hurt the Democratic presidential nominee – even though Rezko says prosecutors are pressing him for dirt about Obama.